Gallery Walls

I think it’s safe to admit that I have a lot of photographs. I love printing our photographs and it’s something I always encourage friends, family and clients to do. There is something that gets lost when looking at an image on a screen instead of an actual print.

So what do I do with ours? My favorite way to display our favorite photographs is in frames on our gallery walls. I thought it would be fun to share my two main gallery walls and some tips to create your own!

Gallery photography wall

So many people tell me they want to do a gallery wall in their home, but most are just nervous to take the plunge. Go buy the frames and start working on them! It’s time consuming, but you will be SO happy when you have them up. Did you know having images of your children displayed in your home helps their self-confidence?

Gallery photography wallI do have a couple of disclaimers…

1. I didn’t think to take nice photographs while I was working on the walls with my camera. So, there are a couple grainy phone photos. The photographer side of me will silently cringe.

2. I may not do things totally by the book, but this worked worked for me! (I did the stair walls on my own, except for the top right frame because my arms weren’t long enough. So ladies, don’t be afraid to pull out the measuring tape, level and hammer some nails).

Let’s get started!

Expect that this will take time. It doesn’t all have to be done in one day.

1. Know your wall size. Make sure that you are using frames that will fill your wall space proportionally (using a few 4×6 frames will probably not do it). Mine are 11×14, 8×10, 5×7 and double 5×7 matted, so the frames are actually bigger. Using too few or tiny frames is one of the biggest mistakes I see on gallery walls. GO BIG.

Gallery photography wall

 

Gallery photography wallI bought most of my stair wall frames on Black Friday because Target had them 50% off. Fun fact, you can buy the same frame in another finish and exchange them when they are back in stock at Target (be sure to double check with an employee). I also buy frames when Target clearances a frame style out. See a pattern? Target is my go-to for wall frames. They are good quality for a good price.

I keep my frames the same, but I have seen some awesome galleries with mismatched frames.

2. Some frames come with handy paper templates (make your own if they don’t). These are amazingly helpful. I start laying them out roughly on the wall with blue painter’s tape. It’s easy to move them around until you find a layout you love. I’ll use a design program on my computer quickly try options if I’m feeling stuck.

Gallery photograph wall

 

 

I have a personal preference to keep my frames lined up on the outside edges and on the top if the wall is rectangular. This gives me a good starting point and the finished look that I prefer.

 

 

Gallery photography wall

3. Keep in mind how the spacing looks. You can’t have giant gaps between frames or it looks off. I leave the templates up once I think I have it figured out. I try it out for a few days and make any minor changes that I notice.

4. When your layout is set, it’s time for some math and measuring. I first figure out what the spacing will be between the actual frames. I keep each individual row equal spacing. Every row won’t be the exact same as other rows for certain layouts, but make sure they are comparable to each other. If they are not adjust your layout. Next, figure out the spacing horizontally. I keep horizontal spacing the same for all frames.

5. If you have the templates that came with the frame, they show where the nail holes are. I still like to write down what the spacing between each nail hole so I can double check before I start hammering. Using your level(s), hang the templates up exactly where the frames will hang (you don’t have to leave templates up and just measure and mark nail holes, but this kept my sanity for the stair wall).

6. You can finally start hammering and hanging! I keep the frames up as I start to hang so I can check and make sure everything is measuring correctly. I use my level to check the top row and the sides.

Gallery photograph wall

7. Step back. Make sure everything looks right. If you have the photos in the frames already, just use your level to level each frame and take small pieces of mounting putty and place under the bottom corners of each frame. This will save you from the headache of shifting frames.

Gallery photography wall

Other tips:
– Keep in mind that 57 inches from the floor is gallery height (your frame centered vertically over 57 inches).
– Prep your frames. I wash the glass before I put photos in them. You will be amazed at how dirty they actually are. Be sure to them dry thoroughly!
– Gallery walls with the same size frames are much easier to layout. Go this route if you want less of a layout headache.
– The actual photographs matter. I’m hoping to eventually have photos of relatives and some from our childhood, but for now they are filled with our family. I make sure that everyone is equally represented. Your kids will notice. Trust me.

Supplies:
-Frames
-Photographs
-Blue painter’s tape
-Laser level, level w/ruler
-Measuring tape
-Hammer
-Hanging nails and hooks
-Pencil with eraser
-White mounting putty

Gallery photography wall

I hope this helps! I still smile when I walk past our gallery walls and my kids LOVE seeing photos of themselves. I don’t change out all of our photos, but I typically update images of my husband and me, and ones that are more of a yearly images that I take (like my three kids every fall).

Are your family photographs outdated? Visit my contact page and we can schedule a photography session!

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My blog got a little bit ignored as I juggled knee surgery and recovery this past year. I think it might be time to jump back into posting! Instead of combing back through all of the sessions I’ve done in the last year (and all of the others I missed the year before), we’re going to start on a clean slate.

BUT. I can’t help posting a few of my favorite shots from this last year!

You know what else is exciting?

I’m currently offering Summer Fun At-home Sessions at a special discounted rate June-August! These are limited so be sure to contact me soon to book yours!

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Summer Fun At-Home Sessions

I love capturing our life at home in photos, especially all of the fun we have in the summer. Popsicles, sprinklers, pools, sidewalk chalk, jumprope, puzzles, books, crafts, etc is what summer is all about!

This summer I want to help you capture yours!

These Summer Fun sessions are candid, storytelling sessions and are discounted from standard sessions (available during the months of June, July and August). Digital files are included. They cannot be used for standard family sessions.

Interested in letting your family enjoy a fun summer evening at home while I photograph you? Contact me here for availability and booking!

Capture your summer fun with an at-home photography session!

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I have been so grateful for all of the photographer moms I have met here in North Carolina. There is an amazing network here and everyone supports each other. When Nicole (check out her work at Hanner Studios!) emailed me about doing a lifestyle session last fall, I was so flattered that she chose me to document her family in their home. Us photographers are hard on ourselves and the images we create. When another photographer hires you, it feels pretty awesome.

Being a photographer, Nicole knew a lot of what she wanted captured so we jumped right in. The kids were so used cameras that they had no problems being themselves. A gorgeous home and a gorgeous family. My job was pretty easy!

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This family. I love photographing them every single time. Carolyn found me through her sister-in-law and booked me for a birthday party session this past winter. I was so excited when she emailed me again about maternity and newborn photography sessions to document their third child. It has been so fun getting to know them and they are just the cutest family.

Their session was so close to the due date. I was crossing my fingers that we would be able to fit their session in before baby arrived.

I was thankful on the day of their session when the weather was great and there was no baby news! The sun was out and we got so many good shots. They are so natural in front of the camera and mom rocks at wardrobe coordination. I love toddler boys in bow ties. And those cat shoes on sister. Adorable.

I had the hardest time narrowing down their gallery for them to choose from. Wait until you see their newborn session!

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